Who Do They See?
I cannot remember where I heard it said, but I remember the statement well – “you might be the only Jesus that someone ever sees.” Those words have been seared into my brain for decades. At times the weight of the thought seems impossible to bear. Other times I am overwhelmed with emotion in recognizing the honor it is to be an image bearer of my God. As a Christian and a Christ follower, we are to reflect the One whom we serve and demonstrate Him to others through the life we live. The question I have to ask myself is – WHO DO THEY SEE? Who do others see when they look at me? Yes, they see a big guy who is often smiling and enjoying himself, but beyond that – WHO DO THEY SEE? For all of us as believers, we should be a picture of Christ to others. No, we are not perfect – we are flawed, sinful people who have been redeemed by a perfect and holy Savior. Reflecting Christ and living for Him is becoming an increasingly difficult and trying thing. Our world looks at us as radical, as judgmental, and much more. In John 15, Jesus speaks of the hate the world has for the believer and for Him. However, He calls us to live for Him – NOT WHEN IT IS CONVENIENT – but all the time. This is no easy task, but it is not one we have to do on our own, as a Christian we are never alone. So let me challenge you with this: seek to show Jesus to everyone. Let the Lord who lives within you shine bright in how you live and how you talk. Be a reflection, a representative, and an ambassador for Jesus and allow Him to work through you. When people meet Jesus, it changes their lives. Let them see Him in you.
- Pastor Bryan